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What are Canadian Girl dolls?

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There is no brand called Canadian Girl dolls, but the tag-line of Maplelea dolls is "Canadian Dolls for Canadian Girls." Maplelea Girls are Canadian-themed dolls designed to be an inspiration to and reflection of Canadian girls, states Maplelea.

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The maker of Maplelea dolls, Avonlea Traditions, began by developing products based on the character of Anne from the Canadian novels about Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Avonlea Traditions introduced Maplelea Girls in 2003. The 18-inch vinyl dolls have their own names, come with a biography and are aimed at girls from 6 to 12 years old. The company also sells Canadian-themed accessories for the dolls, such as toboggans and hockey gear.

The company's website notes that the first Maplelea doll was based on a real little girl in Ontario, Canada, and the doll's wardrobe was modelled after girls' fashion trends to create a doll that real girls can relate to. In keeping with regional representation, the company created a doll representing a 10-year old girl in Nunuvut after conducting research into lifestyles in Canada's north. To create an authentic experience for her owners, the doll and her Inuit-style clothing is produced in Nunuvut.

The dolls are available at Maplelea.com and start at $99 Canadian, as of 2015.

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